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Redressing an Old Dresser

Concerning a Dresser:

I love second hand stores.

It may or may not be important for you to know that but there it is.  Yay for random facts!

I can spend literally hours browsing them. I look at just about everything, from kitchen gadgets, to toys and games, to furniture, it’s all interesting! I buy really cheap clothes just for the fabric. I discover kitchen tools that I never knew existed but just look so handy! I’m always looking for furniture that is more comfortable or in better shape, or is more practical than what I have. I look for toys and games for my daughter. (And as much as I want them, I never buy jigsaw puzzles because I can’t take the disappointment of building (almost) the whole thing only to find there’s a piece or two missing.)

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So a while back I took a day to do a round of second-hand shopping. I actually only made it to two stores but since one of them is massive and half-antiques (I LOVE antiques!) it still took a full day. Or whatever counts as a full day, with a 9-month-old.

At the BIG store I happened to find a dresser. And I fell in love with it. It’s solid wood for one thing. And it’s got old fashioned legs! I didn’t even realize they don’t make them with legs like that anymore until we got it home and I saw it next to our other dresser, which sits flush on the floor.

So it’s a white dresser with rounded corners. The drawer faces are a light blue with raised stars of different sizes arranged in the shape of a moon sliver.


The hubby and I decided to give it a fresh coat of paint. But then we made a whole lot more plans for it!

We decided to paint the drawer faces a darker blue, the stars will be glow-in-the-dark yellow, and we’re going to cover the dresser shell with fabric!

We picked the fabric (over two trips to Fabricland). It’s dark blue with small white stars and pinky/purple dots. I bought 3 metres even though I knew that would leave me with a lot left over because I wanted as few seams as possible.

I started out by tediously taping off the stars on  the drawers and my husband sprayed the drawer fronts with the dark paint we chose.



As I was taping the the stars on the third drawer, I discovered that the stars can pop off! And when we removed the tape on the two drawers I had taped and Hubby had painted we noticed that no matter how carefully I thought I taped, it looked shoddy. So we decided to pop all the stars off and paint the drawers and stars separate then reglue the stars back on.

First I ironed the entire length of fabric. Then I draped it over the dresser so one edge was hanging over the left side with the bottom edge about as long as I wanted it (just a little too long so about an inch of fabric can be tucked underneath). The front edge was lined up as well. So that meant the excess fabric hung over the back and the right side. I cut in as straight a line as I could (which was fairly easy, thanks to the stars and dots being in uniform rows).



Then from the excess I cut three strips for the two bars between the drawers and the bottom edge.


The hubby sprayed the dresser front with Elmer’s Adhesive Spray and I applied the three strips. We discovered that the overspray is fairly uncontrollable so we know we want to do the rest of it outside!

We applied the fabric to the outside shell of the dresser then used a hot glue gun to make sure any loose edges and corners were tacked down.



So what do you think of our finished product?


Awesome, right?!  Would you every try a project like this or have you already?  I would love to hear from you down below!

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  • Reply Keith Haney October 23, 2016 at 05:18

    You did an amazing job with that. I have wanted to be more handy but it never seems to turn out the way I had hoped. I do like your simple approach. I may give it a whirl.

    • Reply Jaclyn October 23, 2016 at 10:04

      I’m not particularly handy but if it’s fabric and glue, I might just manage 🙂

  • Reply BrittanyAnneF October 23, 2016 at 08:38

    I just love this! I love the colors and the contrast of textures. I would say I am not nearly crafty enough for such an undertaking, but you made it seem so easy! I bought an up cycled dresser that someone ELSE refurbished for my daughter’s nursery and it’s one of my favorite items in my house! Now I’m thinking “Wait a second! I could have done that myself!”

  • Reply gloriousmomblog October 23, 2016 at 11:21

    What a fun project! I’m so not inspired when it comes to DIY 😩 Looks great though. It’s awesome you can do it yourself instead of buying the finished project.

  • Reply Anne October 23, 2016 at 22:01

    This is so amazing! I loved seeing the transformation. It went from something simple to something bright and colourful! I love how you broke down the steps.

  • Reply karlapitzen October 23, 2016 at 22:05

    I never would have thought of fabric to finish a dresser. It turned out really cute! I could see where this technique could be used on several different pieces.

  • Reply Bobby-Jo Dearnley November 26, 2016 at 03:05

    Love the stars! Just like a nursery rhyme night sky. Repainting things is so fun, I’ve spray painted two entire rooms of furniture – both had a floral and grapevine design and I used the colour scheme & accessories so one looked oriental and the other a contemporary blue purple pink and silver girlie theme – it’s amazing what you can do with colour!

    Also I reckon you should have your about me/ story linked at the top of the website and enable comments as I’m sure people would love to connect with your experience and respond!

  • Reply Nicole - Tales from Mamaville January 24, 2017 at 04:22

    Absolutely love what you’ll did to the dresser. Looks fab, and so inventive!!! Inspired…

  • Reply Carol January 24, 2017 at 05:41

    I am not that handy but I love you added fabric to the piece. Wrapping the top and sides adds so much texture. It’s a fun piece!

  • Reply Rhyming with Wine January 26, 2017 at 08:17

    Wow you’re so creative! I would never have thought of using fabric to finish the effect but I love it! I bet it’s now a favourite piece of furniture. Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam x
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  • Reply five little doves March 14, 2017 at 15:32

    Oh wow this looks amazing! I am utterly useless at anything like this but wish I was more handy!! #triumphanttales

  • Reply Sam - StressyMama March 15, 2017 at 07:16

    This looks amazing. I wouldn’t mind having a go at something like this myself. In fact, I was in a charity shop about an hour ago looking at pieces of furniture. Nothing took my fancy on this occasion but I’ll keep looking #TriumphantTales
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  • Reply Mrs Mummy Harris March 18, 2017 at 13:53

    I love how you made the stars pop with doing a dark colour for the main frame. Looks so much better than when you first got it! Thank you so much for linking another post to #TriumphantTales!
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  • Reply Jaki March 18, 2017 at 15:33

    Oh I wish I could do things like this. This is fabulous! Thanks again for linking. #TriumphantTales
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